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Alain de Botton is probably anticipating sceptical reviews of his new book. It is unfortunate that, as a philosophical analysis of the news media, it is bound to be assessed by the very outlets, often resistant to change, that it seeks to correct.

George Osborne said in June that the savings from delaying the state pension age were 'absolutely enormous'

Autumn Statement will make the winter of old age colder and harder for today's young people

Will there even be state pensions by the time my children grow up?

The value of professional journalism

A few reporters might be daft or inexperienced, but most work ridiculously hard to follow the rules for little money and less thanks

Stairway to success: Jane Bussmann

The Week in Comedy: A rude welcome to Jane Bussmann's world

I helped to write a sitcom this week. It was with Jane Bussmann, the brilliant writer on Smack the Pony, Brass Eye and South Park, among other twisted TV gems. I wasn't the only one; there were about 50 of us in the basement of London's Soho Theatre on Sunday night, lending a hand on her new six-part sitcom.

Speaker John Bercow: 'the virtual corpse has staged an unexpected recovery'

Bored MPs fiddled their expenses as a 'displacement activity' because Parliament had become irrelevant, says John Bercow

MPs fiddled their expenses as a “displacement activity” because Parliament had become irrelevant and ineffective, Commons Speaker John Bercow has said.

Ex-director of ENRC claims 'leak' meeting with reporter was a bluff

The City grandee Sir Paul Judge has claimed that he was tricked by a supposed journalist in a sting operation orchestrated by the controversial mining company ENRC, with which he is locked in a bitter battle.

Somalia woman arrested after saying she was raped by a colleague at gunpoint

The alleged victim remains in police custody after telling a radio station she had been sexually assaulted and held captive overnight

Vice has given i-D, the cult style magazine from the Eighties and popular with fashion designer Pam Hogg (pictured), a new lease of life since buying it last year

Murdoch family tighten their grip on Vice

Everybody is talking about the youth media company since Rupert bought a stake. Now, James is set to join the board

Nicklas Bendtner has been out of the Arsenal team this season

Nicklas Bendtner told he must leave Arsenal - by Denmark coach Morten Olsen

Striker has not been getting a lot of playing time at Emirates

Greek police remove 50 ERT protesters from occupied building in pre-dawn raid

Riot police used tear gas to disperse protesters outside the front of the building

Meredith Kercher trial: Amanda Knox's DNA found on alleged murder weapon but not that of victim, says expert

Result bolsters Knox defence which claims the knife was not the weapon used to kill student

Andros Townsend picked up a knock against Montenegro

England v Poland: Andros Townsend injury could prompt Roy Hodgson to change starting line-up

Roy Hodgson said on Monday that Andros Townsend, England’s match-winner on Friday, had picked up an unspecified injury in training and cast some doubt over whether the Tottenham man would play in Tuesday’s must-win World Cup qualifier against Poland.

Gawain Towler holding a cigarette

Conservative Party conference: Press officer’s text leaves Ukip facing fresh racism allegations

Official sparks new row as he describes British-born Asian journalist as being from ‘ethnic extraction’

The Costa Concordia as it was raised last week

Costa Concordia: Divers discover human remains in shipwreck

Bodies 'absolutely consistent' with descriptions of two missing people but are yet to be officially identified

The widespread demand for local journalism remains undiminished

All around the country, community websites have sprung up, providing local news, covering local politics and engaging local people in the affairs of their area

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Ukip leader casts a line to the disaffected
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Robert Fisk untangles the countries and factions
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China's influence on fashion

At the top of the game both creatively and commercially
Lord O’Donnell: Former cabinet secretary on the election and life away from the levers of power

The man known as GOD has a reputation for getting the job done

Lord O'Donnell's three principles of rule
Rainbow shades: It's all bright on the night

Rainbow shades

It's all bright on the night
'It was first time I had ever tasted chocolate. I kept a piece, and when Amsterdam was liberated, I gave it to the first Allied soldier I saw'

Bread from heaven

Dutch survivors thank RAF for World War II drop that saved millions
Britain will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power - Labour

How 'the Axe' helped Labour

UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
Rare and exclusive video shows the horrific price paid by activists for challenging the rule of jihadist extremists in Syria

The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
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Welcome to the world of Megagames

300 players take part in Watch the Skies! board game in London
'Nymphomaniac' actress reveals what it was really like to star in one of the most explicit films ever

Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

Vince Cable exclusive interview

Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
Iwan Rheon interview: Game of Thrones star returns to his Welsh roots to record debut album

Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before